Principles of Asset Management for Municipalities

Online /
Oct 1, 2024 /
Course Code: 1003-WEB24

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  • Overview
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After Participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the overarching principles of asset management
  • Establish an appropriate asset management governance structure
  • Understand asset inventory and registry requirements
  • Set levels of service
  • Develop an asset inventory and condition database
  • Monitor asset performance
  • Understand risks and how to manage them
  • Identify key elements to improve asset resilience
  • Complete life-cycle planning
  • Implement a continuous improvement strategy
  • Identify asset management best practices


The need to preserve our municipal roadway pavement infrastructure is paramount to ensuring the viability of the transportation of people and goods.  This requires ever-increasing investments because the road infrastructure is typically the most valuable asset owned by public agencies.  The consequence of the lack of systematic maintenance and renewal is accelerated deterioration of the asset condition, which then requires a more expensive treatment to return the asset to a serviceable condition. 

Road infrastructure managers are confronted with the following challenges:

  • Budget pressures from other infrastructure and social needs have resulted in a substantial infrastructure deficit. 
  • The necessity to plan the treatments in such a way that the level of service remains acceptable throughout the entire life-cycle of the asset.
  • Municipal and local governments typically have limited taxation powers and often lack in-house specialized technical expertise.
  • Necessary coordination of road construction activities with other asset management activities such as road system expansion, underground utilities, lighting, traffic management and safety improvements.

While facing these challenges, technical issues often play a subordinate role for several reasons.  The technical qualifications of the staff in road authorities and road construction contractors, as well as their professional skills, are often at a high level.  In December 2017, the Ontario Government passed Ontario Regulation 588/17 Assert Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure which sets out asset management implementation and reporting requirements.  While similar requirements are not currently required in other Canadian provinces, it is likely that they will soon be required. 

Course Outline

This course covers:

  • Pavement

Who Should Attend?

  • Planners, engineers and technical staff involved in the implementation of an asset management system
  • Municipal agency personnel involved in the delivery of transportation infrastructure
  • Municipal staff and consultants involved in the condition monitoring of municipal assets
  • Municipal council members and managers responsible for municipal assets 
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


David Hein, P.Eng

David is a consulting Civil Engineer with over 38 years of experience in designing, evaluating and managing transportation infrastructure. He is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute (ASCE T&DI), chair of the Workforce Development and Codes and Standards Councils and chair of 5 engineering standards committees. He is a long-term member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Past-Chair of the pavements committee and member of the Soils and Materials and Asset Management Committees.

He is also a member of the Workforce Development Council and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He is also a past member of the Transportation Research Board pavement management, pavement maintenance and pavement preservation committees. He has represented Canada on the World Road Association (WRA) pavements and asset management committees since 2002 and is currently the Chair of the Canadian National Committee to the WRA. He recently stepped down after 10 years as Executive Director of the Falling Weight Deflectometer User Group.

He has been involved in numerous national and international research, evaluation and asset management projects for Federal, State, Provincial and Municipal agencies and many of the public/private/ partnership highway construction projects across Canada and the United States.

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Fee & Credits

$75 + taxes

  • 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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